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Heavy gunfire at Mali military base

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Heavy gunfire has been heard at the main military base outside Mali’s capital Bamako.

The shooting began at around 5am local time on Friday but eased after about an hour.

Afterwards, helicopters were seen heard circling above the base in the town of Kati, where mutinies in 2012 and 2020 led to successful coups.

The military junta that rules Mali came to power in the August 2020 coup. It staged a second coup in 2021 to force out a civilian interim president who was at odds with the leader of first putsch, Colonel Assimi Goita.

Goita then became interim president. He plans to continue to lead a transitional government until elections are held in 2024.

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